SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson Respond to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State

January 16, 2019

"We applaud Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State address. He is pressing to keep the American Dream alive through passage of the Senator Jose Peralta DREAM Act to ensure all of our students to have access to an affordable college education, regardless of their citizenship status.

This legislation would expand access to tuition assistance and scholarships like the historic Excelsior Scholarship to thousands of New Yorkers. In New York we value and protect our immigrants and strive to uphold the values embodied by the true American Dream.

Within the executive budget proposal, SUNY, and higher education in general across New York State, will continue to benefit from strong, stable investment, including support for our hospitals and much needed funding support for increased costs.

We are pleased to see the implementation of the final phase of Excelsior Scholarship, as well as the newly announced launch of the Family Empowerment Community College Pilot Program.

We look forward to speaking with state legislators as the 2019-2020 budget is considered."

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